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„The eye-catcher on the lower level of Melk abbey park is the Baroque garden pavilion. After the completion of the abbey buildings Abbot Thomas Pauer commissioned Franz Munggenast with its construction. Erected between 1747 and 1748, the garden pavilion was intended for the recreation of the monks after strict fasting periods. A place to address the senses was created. In the pavilion you can feel the incredible desire for all things exotic, which was typical of the Baroque age. The newly discovered exotic world was brought into the building and depicted there.” Father Martin Rotheneder
With a great amount of imagination Johann W. Bergl created an exotic place to linger, with strange animals, twining jungle plants and indigenous people. True to the purpose of the pavilion the subject of the frescoes over the windows and doors of the main room is the world of the senses. The ceiling fresco shows the sun in the center and below the four seasons. At the edges of the ceiling fresco the four then known continents are represented. more ...
In the smaller rooms you can see an abundance of exotic plants, animals and fruits. Details in the ceiling fresco like Lady Fortune emptying her cornucopia, angels playing cards, or angels with billiard cues suggest that one of these rooms was used for playing games.
Nowadays guests find a self-service café in the pavilion.
During the summer months the main room of the Baroque garden pavilion also serves as a venue for concerts, for example during the International Baroque Music Days at Pentecost or for the summer concerts in August.
In front of the pavilion many different roses were planted to emphasize the garden pavilion’s beauty with their pink blossoms.